CRACKERJACK2825's SparkPeople Blog CRACKERJACK2825's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's a good day! :) No, I didn't win the lottery. I woke up happy for the first time in MONTHS!! I'm sitting here typing this with a green Oompa Loompa wig on my head. The fact that I woke up late didn't make me irritated. The fact that my cats kept getting out didn't irritate me. The fact that I didn't have coffee this morning didn't irritate me, and that's usually my trigger right there. <BR> <BR> I JUST WOKE UP HAPPY!!!!!! It's gonna be a good day today! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:21:54 EST February issue of FITNESS magazine....guess who I saw? COACH NICOLE!!!!! I just got my issue of Fitness in the mail. I was flipping through, and lo and behold, there on pageS 75 and 76, is COACH NICOLE!!!!! The DVD "Sparkpeople Total Body Sculpting with Coach Nicole" was voted as one of the ten HOTTEST workout DVD's. <BR> <BR> Way to go Coach Nicole! :) Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:39:17 EST 1-1-13 Happy New Year!! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:33:52 EST LAST BLOG OF 2012!!!! Well, it's a little over 2 hours until the new year, and this will be my last blog for 2012. <BR> <BR> As everyone knows, it's time for those pesky New Year's resolutions. Lose weight, quit smoking, FINALLY clean out the attic, you get the idea. Mine is simple: NO FEAR. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to be afraid to do things, try things, experience things I never have before. I purposely don't do things I want to just because I am worried what people will think, what will happen if I do, who's ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:03:57 EST Almost a new year.....still the same old me..... A little background on me: <BR> <BR> Started Spark in 2009. <BR> Restarted Spark more times than I care to count. <BR> About to restart AGAIN on the first of 2013. Last ditch effort kinda thing. <BR> Fed up with killing myself and not losing weight. Or inches. Or sizes. Or anything. <BR> On the verge of saying "screw it" and deleting the whole shebang. <BR> <BR> I am fed up with this. Seriously, this is about to get on my last nerve. I work out, eat right, everything. Do I so much as lose a... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:51:52 EST Birthdays, Christmas parties, margaritas and Quelf My birthday was Friday. The big 2-9. Woohoo!!! It was really just another day for me, except for the cake. I don't eat cake every day. But it was a small piece, and well over half of it is still in the fridge. It was a small cake. :) <BR> <BR> Last night was the Christmas party for the restaurant where I work. We had Mexican food. :) Mexican food is great. It ranks right up there with coffee and a shirtless Channing Tatum washing my dishes. It comes in second only to Italian food. The margar... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:33:56 EST Losing a job AND moving too! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how to feel right now. <BR> <BR> We knew for a month or so that there was the possibility that we would be losing our job, and our home, at the end of this batch of chickens.Things have changed on the farm, and as a result, we will possibly be moving in with my husband's parents in another state. <BR> <BR> Moving doesn't really bother me. It doesn't. I moved half a dozen times from twelve to seventeen years of age. Moving is not the probelm. The proble... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:21:18 EST Annoying people at the gym Everyone knows them. Every gym has them. Those ANNOYING people. You know the one I'm talking about. In my case, my gym has several. <BR> <BR> There's a guy up there that makes ALL KINDS of racket when he's "lifting" because his "personal trainer" told him that it made his workouts "better." He's either grunting like he's giving birth to a calf with a rubber tail, or making snake noises. YES, I said snake noises. SNAKE NOISES. He sounds like a constipated snake. I gave birth to a nine and a ... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:13:57 EST Creating a NEW ME......Day one There is a picture of me in a bikini. I am standing in my room, a very unhappy look on my face, and my husband took the picture. I have more coming OUT of the swimsuit than in it. It's not pretty. <BR> <BR> Today is day one of the process I like to call "Creating a NEW ME." <BR> <BR> More blogging to follow. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:10:04 EST Is there life out there??? I do not want to bombard Spark with endless blog posts, but I have to do another one this morning. Please bear with me. <BR> <BR> Through the grace of God, I will be 29 in 6 weeks. I have made it through hell wearing kerosene underwear, and come out on top. I have done things I am not proud of, as well as things I would do again the same exact way, given the opportunity. <BR> <BR> I am the mother of a ten year old daughter. She is getting to that age where she does not need Mom standing ov... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 06:47:41 EST VERY frustrated right now......... :( I am very frustrated right now. In the 11 weeks I have been on Weight Watchers, I have lost a total of 2.2 pounds. In eleven weeks. The first three weeks, I lost 5 pounds. If that had continues through the last 8 weeks, I would be at 132 right now. Alas, 150.6 popped up on the scale this morning. I know weight loss is a marathon, the weight didn't go on overnight so it won't come off overnight, blah, blah blah, blah, BLAH. I know all that. <BR> <BR> I also know that I am within my points ra... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 05:35:59 EST I'm not happy. :( I have been on Weight Watchers for 10 weeks. For the first six, I lost weight almost weekly. For the last three weeks, I have GAINED. I'm not doing anything any different as far as my food intake. I stay within my daily points range, sometimes under my goal. I've almost cut out coffee completely. I may have two cups a day instead of a whole pot, which is really good for me. I work out 5-6 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I'm not losing inches. I thought the weight gain was because of that ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:04:30 EST Applebee's is Satan's playground.... No, I didn't run into him there. <BR> <BR> I am on Weight Watchers, and my family and I were in town yesterday and we were STARVING! Applebee's has a $7.99 lunch deal, so we all got that. I ordered a Chicken Fajita Rollup with a Oriental Chicken salad, dressing on the side, thinking I'd be okay as far as Points go, because I forgot my dining out companion book at home. <BR> <BR> I WAS WRONG!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I get 26 points a day. I can eat anything I want with those points, plus 49 extr... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:29:10 EST Someone noticed............. I was talking to a very sweet lady at the gym Friday, and she noticed that I had lost weight. It was so affirming to hear that I was doing everything right and that it was WORKING. :) <BR> <BR> She told me that she could see that I had been losing weight and that I looked different from when I first started back to the gym in July. Three whole months at the gym, and someone noticed. <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:02:39 EST 5 Pounds down in THREE WEEKS!! Weight Watchers WORKS! Weight Watchers is AMAZING. Even though we didn't have enough people to continue the meetings, I was able to keep my items and have been using them faithfully. My first weigh in was on August 20th. To date, I have lost five pounds. I love this program. I truly do. I had been going to the gym for two months and had lost nothing, but three weeks into WW I lose five pounds. <BR> <BR> On a non-scale victory, I am now the proud owner of a pair of size FIVE jeans. Woohoo!! And the really great th... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:26:19 EST Weight Watchers I started Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 last Monday (8-20-12). I weighed 152.8. The lady in charge told us that the class might be cancelled because we didn't have many people show up. I paid the dues anyway and bought the books and calculator. If you've never had a WW calculator, they are the cutest little things. I've been calculating points values for everything with a label. <BR> <BR> Went to weigh in last night and, lo and behold, I dropped a pound and a half in a week! I wasn't exp... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:53:53 EST 5K is off the list..... I just got my internet back yesterday, so this is a little late in coming, but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> The 5K is officially off my fitness list of things to do. I signed up for the virtual run here on SPARK, and did the 5K with the hopes of just FINISHING the darn thing. Well, finish it I did, and set a PR time of 51:41. For someone that failed ninth grade gym (yes, I did), this was a HUGE accomplishment. Back then, I would rather had someone pull off my fingernails than do ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 07:53:23 EST I'd like to cancel my subscription to ISSUES magazine please!! For some of you, this is going to sound weird, but follow me if you will. <BR> <BR> My husband, my brother and I recently took a trip to a gentleman's club. I was to be the designated driver while the boys had their fun. There were no problems this time, and I figured out why there were problems last time we went. <BR> <BR> I HAD ISSUES. <BR> <BR> My body image issues were the reason my husband and I had problems. I know he loves me. I know that he thinks I'm beautiful even with the snot ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:15:53 EST Ten year old, an Rated R movie, and booty shorts Yes, you read that right. <BR> <BR> I am not a perfect parent. I don't claim to be. I do, however, pay close attention to what my ten year old daughter sees with her beautiful eyes, and hears with her ears, and puts on her body. <BR> <BR> Every summer, my daughter spends time in Alabama with her grandparents. we live in Mississippi, so summers are her time to go north and play with her cousins, see my husbands family, and be a kid in general. <BR> <BR> I talked to her yesterday, and she to... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:43:55 EST I worked out today. Day 1 I was on Spark this morning, and I read a post by another member whose name I can't remember. She talked about blogging after her workouts. I thought I'd give it a try. <BR> <BR> Day one, Spark People Cardio Blast with Coach Nicole. It was fun! I did the warmup, 80's aerobics, cardio kickboxing, and walk it out. The 80's aerobic was the most fun. I almost fell over doing the kickboxing part, but I caught myself in time and kept on kicking. <BR> <BR> I took our new puppy Trace outside and we... Wed, 30 May 2012 11:42:49 EST Psychological issues I like to joke that I don't have issues. I have SUBSCRIPTIONS. Those subscriptions have caused me to lose out on a lot of stuff and even a friend. It's easy for me to joke about being the best looking thing my husband has ever seen, or to be overflowing with awesome. Do I really think that?? <BR> <BR> NO. <BR> <BR> My mind is a battlefield. I don't think I'm pretty enough, or strong enough, or skinny enough. I don't think that I'm good for anything except cooking, which leads to eating, whi... Tue, 15 May 2012 09:13:16 EST A lesson in human nature I found this on Facebook and thought I should share it. <BR> <BR> <BR> A man sat at a metro station Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. <BR> <BR> Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:55:33 EST Gaining weight, broken feet, and Five AM How do all those things tie in together? Well, I'm about to tell you..... <BR> <BR> I gained weight last week. Two and a half pounds to be exact. Of course, when your husband steps off in a hole and almost breaks his foot, he can't exactly do a whole lot. The doctor said possible torn ligaments, crutches for ten days, no weight on it whatsoever. Therefore, exercise sort of went out the window. A minor setback. <BR> <BR> Now onto the Five AM thing. Chickens have to be fed. Every morning. At ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:14:37 EST Random acts of kindness. On the radio show I listen to every morning, they are talking about random acts of kindness. Free backstage passes for a concert, paying for someone else's order in the drive thru, helping someone that needs it. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking. There was a song about twelve years ago by a band called South Sixty Five, and it was called "Random Acts of Senseless Kindness." It was a country song, and it started out talking about a guy reading the paper and reading about all the violence in the wo... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:35:33 EST An update on Andrew's situation..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't know, Andrew Winfrey was injured in a car accident in February. He is sixteen, plays sports, and loves God and his family. <BR> <BR> Andrew has been in a medically induced coma since the day of the accident. He has been accepted into Sheppard's of Atlanta, a top brain injury center in the country. The problem is, the insurance will only pay for ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:42:52 EST If blue is depressed, I'm BLACK I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel like going back to bed and sleeping until next year. Background on what's been going on lately. <BR> <BR> 1) My husband and I have been fighting A LOT lately. A LOT. Today is the 12th, there's been some kind of argument at least ten of the last twelve days. And today ain't over yet. <BR> <BR> 2) My daughter would rather take a beating with a brick stick than listen to me. <BR> <BR> 3) My brother and his fiancee separated last week, and I am his s... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:39:56 EST Early morning motivation A freind posted this on Facebook this morning and I thought I'd share it with y'all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:30:30 EST Things have changed, and I'm not sure what to do about them..... This is going to sound bad, but I'm tired. I'm tired of living my life to please others. I'm not talking about turning into a raving lunatic and telling everybody no, regardless of the question. I'm not gonna start roasting live kittens. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of living my life to please other people. I'm tired of always putting everyone first, regardless of what the issue is. I don't mean to sound selfish. But I'm tired of it!! I guess it comes from growing up wth my mother. No matter what she... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:29:48 EST Meddling in-laws.........How to deal? Before I launch the story, let me give you a little history. All my husband's life it has been him and his dad. They were best friends, did everything together. And that's okay. My mom is my best friend. I understand that. My husband lived on the same piece of land as his dad for 29 years, even after growing up. He moved in right next door to his dad. <BR> <BR> In 2009, we moved to another state for work, from Alabama to Mississippi. A four hour drive. It's not like we moved to Bangledesh. ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:39:14 EST Figured we could all use a laugh this morning....... I borrowed this from a friend on Facebook. Thought it was funny...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 07:40:00 EST Random facts A-Z A. Age: 28 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C. Chore that you hate: washing dishes by hand <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: THREE! <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: coffee <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: green, in various shades <BR> <BR> G. Gold or Silver: Gold <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5'8" <BR> <BR> I. Instruments you play: nothing <BR> <BR> J. Job title: farm laborer. We have chickens <BR> <BR> K. Kids: 3 girls, ages 10, 7, and 5 <BR> <BR> L. Live: Pelahatchie, Mississippi <BR> ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:47:12 EST Daylight savings time......who's ready? Next month we lose an hour of sleep. <BR> <BR> But we gain an hour of daylight. <BR> <BR> More daylight is a GOOD thing.......right? <BR> <BR> <BR> I love sleep. I love snuggling down in my king size bed with my husband and not waking up until I have to. I hate to lose sleep unless it's mandatory. And I'm talking the house is on fire you gotta get out NOW mandatory. <BR> <BR> On the other hand..........I'll have an extra hour of daylight. The temps will be going up. I can work in the ga... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:24:05 EST I'm worried about my niece....... Yes this is the same niece that refuses to speak to me. Doesn't stop me from worrying about her. <BR> <BR> She's dating this boy. I don't like him. It's not really my place to say anything. I'm her aunt, not her mom. There's just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. He's cussed her out, cheated on her, broke up with her because she wouldn't do things she wasn't ready for. He told her he had too much "partying" to do to settle down. THIS BOY'S ONLY FIFTEEN. HE HAS NO BUSINESS PARTY... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 08:26:06 EST Taking a cue from MOM2IAN........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who wouldn't want that standing over them at the gym saying, "One more! You can do it!" Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:24:32 EST I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY...... It's not because I was dumped on Valentine's day. It's not the chocolate, the flowers, the cards, none of that. <BR> <BR> I've always hated Valentine's Day. Having gotten engaged to my wonderful husband of almost eleven years on Valentine's Day, you'd think I'd love it! But no, it's a major pain in the butt that I wish could be stricken from the calendar on a yearly basis. I've never been a huge fan of this day. <BR> <BR> My theory is this: If I don't like you on any given day of the year, ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:24:23 EST Family troubles......... I have always been my fifteen year old niece's staunch supporter. When she was caught with a boy and everyone was calling her names, I stood up for her. When she told her mother that she wanted to move to Nashville after graduation to pursue her music career and her mother called her stupid, I was there to defend her. When her boyfriend broke up with her because she didn't want to do things he wanted her to do, I told her I was proud of her for standing her ground. <BR> <BR> Within the last ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 08:37:00 EST Need advice on what to do.......... I have a chance to join two separate gyms next week. One is more affordable, the other offers more things I would enjoy. <BR> <BR> Gym one is basically a "guys gym." They have no contracts, free weights, cardio machines, weight machines, and not much else. No classes, no free trainers, NO POOL. It's considerably cheaper, but bland. I have a bland gym three miles from home that offers the same thing at the same price. <BR> <BR> Gym two (listen for the heavenly chorus, cause it's about to ge... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:00:44 EST My newest fitness toy......... My husband and I have been talking about getting a Wii or an XBox for awhile now. Yesterday we finally got the time to go look around and see what our options were. We decided on an XBox 360 with Kinect and we LOVE it. We played on it for an hour and a half last night before we realized what time it was and our daughter had to go to bed. It's similar to the Wii, I guess, in terms of physically getting up and playing it. My daughter, who is ten, loves it. She wants to get Just Dance 3 and Danc... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 11:33:13 EST My daughter is overweight......... My beautiful little girl, with a smile that can light up the room and a singing voice that could melt your heart, is overweight. MY BABY. My ten year old little girl. <BR> <BR> Keep in mind, she weighed nine pounds when she was born. Nine pounds, five ounces, to be exact. That was ten years ago. She now weighs 101 at 4'9". I know a lot of people reading this will say that's not bad, she's not big, and to look at her, she's not. She has a little belly on her and she's starting to sprout, as s... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 05:57:33 EST Perfection Sometimes, perfection is not what we perceive it to be. We try to be the "perfect" parent or the "perfect" spouse or the "perfect" whatever. Who KNOWS what perfect is? Sure there's the dictionary definition of "perfect." There's my definition. My mom has her own definition. Everyone's definition is different. Maybe it's a table centerpiece that is placed in just the right way. Maybe it's a baby's first smile. Maybe it's a warm day on a porch swing with nothing to do but sit there. Everyone ha... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:25:03 EST I set goals....... I was reading the SPARK book last night after finishing my workout and I got to thinking. WHAT are my goals? SPARK is about setting goals and working HARD to reach them. Until last night, I had no goals. Now I do. (I staggered them over the next three years due to my job. I work ten months out of every year, seven days a week, with only 4 weekends off during this time. I have limited off time and can't just decide on a whim to do something. EVERYTHING has to be planned out in advance.) <BR> ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:34:11 EST Need some man help: Midlife crisis at 31???? Last night my husband, who is only 31, informed me that he thought his life (including our love life) sucked. He said we acted like we are ninety. Five years ago when he worked three days a week, he NEVER wanted to go out. Now that we work seven days a week, he wants to go to the casino, out to bars, etc. He wants a freaking motorcycle, for crying out loud. I'm not talking about a Harley or a Honda Gold Wing. He wants a Ninja. Yeah, one of those that the COPS can't keep up with. He says he's ... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 07:39:43 EST My first time.... I did yoga today for the first time. I feel like a wet noodle, but in a good way. I literally feel like an overstretched rubber band. If I had known yoga was gonna feel that good, I'd have done it years ago!!! My dog KC even sat with me while I was doing it. I kept having to pick her up and move her. I guess when KC heard the lady say "downward dog," she thought she was supposed to sit right in my way! <BR> <BR> I like yoga. I think I'll keep doing it. Yay for yoga. <BR> <BR> Wait......doe... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 18:21:20 EST December 1 So it's December!! So many good things happen this month: Christmas, my birthday, family vacations....... <BR> <BR> WAIT!!! DID I JUST SAY FAMILY VACATIONS?????? <BR> <BR> Family vacations have been a source of problems between my husband and myself, and I'm on the verge of losing my mind. The problem is not his mother. I love her dearly. The same with his dad. I love all his family.......except for two of them. <BR> <BR> His sister is petty. So petty. She reminds me of a spoiled brat that... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:15:20 EST Random thoughts on a cranky Monday morning.... I'm sure Monday isn't the cranky one and that it's me, but I woke up irritated and the coffee ain't helping. <BR> <BR> What has me so irritated, you ask? Okay, maybe you didn't and don't really care, but HERE GOES: <BR> <BR> My husband insists on drooling over every skinny thing that comes by. He was watching the American Music Awards last night, and every time a woman came out half dressed, he'd say, "That's what a woman is supposed to look like." Yes, like I'm gonna wear a spandex, spangl... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:41:15 EST It's nice to know..... It's nice to know that someone has your back. Regardless of what you're trying to do, or how "silly" it might be, or the fact that you're working on thirty and just now getting started in an industry that has chewed up and spit out people far more talented than you. <BR> <BR> I believe in signs. I believe that God shows us things that we may not understand at the time, but one day the sign just clicks in your mind, and you're seeing them everywhere you go. You might be the only person that ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 07:51:42 EST I'm so proud of me...... Alarm goes off at 5 am. Do I hit the snoozer? YES. Three times. But then...... <BR> <BR> <BR> I GET UP. I PUT ON WORKOUT CLOTHES. I DO MY WORKOUT!!!! I did a DVD workout in my living room all by myself. Well, just me and the Bootcamp DVD people. :) <BR> <BR> I don't know what made me want to do it. I just wanted to. And I did it. It was only 20 minutes, but that's 20 minutes closer to my goals. 20 minutes closer to being healthy. 20 minutes closer to being the way I want to be, not the way... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 08:37:42 EST October 1, 2011- First day of the REST of my life I'm tired. <BR> I'm tired of hating the way I look. <BR> I'm tired of never having any energy. <BR> I'm tired of not being able to wear what I want to. <BR> I'm tired of BEING tired of all that. <BR> <BR> October 1, 2011. The first day of my new lif. Between this site, the Spark book, my 6 lonely workout DVD's, and the stack of fitness magazines that, up until this point, have only served to make me feel worse, I can do it. <BR> <BR> It's up to me to make the changes necessary to change my... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:21:40 EST Disappointed, and nobody to blame but myself. Up until 5 weeks ago, I worked EVERY DAY. Seven days a week for three months at a stretch. Well, in the last five weeks, I've gained 3 pounds, inches everywhere, and my energy level is almost gone. I know, it's my own fault for not getting off my rear and doing the work. I have a gym membership, workout DVDs and a quarter mile dirt road right outside my door. There's nobody to blame but me. <BR> <BR> However, today starts a new day. I've tracked everything I've put in my mouth today, went to... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:17:57 EST p90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam, etc...... If the people behind all these programs are really interested in helping people lose weight and get in shape, then WHY do these programs cost so much? ALL of the above listed programs cost upwards of a hundred dollars. A ten week Weight Watchers program is upwards of a hundred, after you add in all the materials like the calculator and points books. I realize that those people make their living doing those programs, but what about people who can't afford to go to a gym, much less pay a hundre... 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